While the New York Knicks have been eliminated from the Playoffs for the fourth consecutive season, Derrick Rose feels that his current team is better than the 7-seed Miami Heat. Let’s not forget that his issue with the South Beach team stems from his days with the Chicago Bulls, who never got along with the Heat on the court. During this season, the Knicks and the Heat met twice with each team taking a win. Tonight will mark the third and final time they meet up. While both teams were struggling at the beginning of the season, it was the Miami Heat who took their game to another level, going on a 13-game winning streak and eventually reaching the seventh seed.
Month: March 2017
It’s pretty obvious to see that the defending champions are in a bit of a funk ever since March 1, 2017. After losing to the Boston Celtics 103 to 99, the Cleveland Cavaliers only won 6 out of their 15 games during the month of March. LeBron James hasn’t lost that many games in a single month since his rookie season back in November 2003. While LeBron voiced his displeasure about the situation, the head coach and his fellow teammate, Kyrie Irving, spoke on the issue as well. “We gotta get better offensively. We can play a good game of defense but we can’t score the ball,” says Tyronn Lue. “It’s frustrating and so are we.” Kyrie Irving didn’t hesitate to speak on it neither. “Disappointed with the effort,” the starting point guard said. “We’re in a bad spot but nobody in this locker room should panic. It’s real ugly but we’ll be fine.” Tonight, the Cleveland Cavaliers will host the 28-77 Philadelphia 76ers at the Quicken Loans Arena. With the month of April arriving, hopefully the defending champs can pull out a win and start the new month on a fresh slate.
After taking a hard elbow to the back of his neck against San Antonio, LeBron James and the Cavs looked to get revenge on the Bulls after losing the last three match-ups. In the first quarter, the Cavaliers were up 28 to 22, after LeBron scores six points and J.R. Smith hits two threes. The second quarter belonged to the King, as he scores 13 points, including one three-pointer. The Cavaliers ended the second quarter on a 22 to 19 run and went into the locker room with a nine-point lead. But the Bulls went on a 37 to 21 run in the third quarter, as Nikola Mirotic goes for nine points, including three 3-pointers. Even though Kyrie Irving went for 11 points and two 3-pointers, the third quarter belonged to the Bulls, as they regain a 78 to 71 lead. Jimmy Butler came alive in the last quarter, scoring ten points including one three-pointer, as the Chicago Bulls sweep the Cavaliers in this regular-season series. Even though LeBron passed the great Shaquille O’Neal for seventh on the NBA’s all-time scoring list, he admits that the defending champions are in a bad spot at the moment. Hopefully things will change as the Playoffs are right around the corner. Only time will tell.